The high rate of casualties of security personnel, especially in the recent past, should be a wake-up call for the Modi government and the security establishment.
From border to trade to Indian Ocean, there are many other areas of concern India could focus on instead of attacking China over the coronavirus pandemic.
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan is supporting terror through attacks on Indian soil, the latest being by the LeT that killed five soldiers.
Countries like US, Italy, China, Spain have realised why military deployment could be the only way to win the war against an unseen enemy.
To excel in the information warfare, India’s defence forces need to see the media as a force multiplier, and not as a necessary evil.
Instead of more equipment for a conventional war, India should add modern warfare capabilities that US, China, Russia and UK are already testing.
Purchase of 28 Apache helicopters is the prime example of how India could have worked out a better deal had the IAF and Army not acted in silos.
One gives the example of US and Israel armies. But even their forces don’t deploy women in direct infantry combat.
Former Defence Minister and current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must keep Indian forces in mind while allocating Budget 2020. The last one was a disaster.
Then-Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon became focussed on Pakistani threat and India lost track of China. The new Army chief could be changing that.
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